Medieval Fermo and it's Historic Sites

Fermo is a medieval town in the southern part of Le Marche. Situated on top of a hill with a view of the surrounding villages, Fermo is possibly the richest of all Le Marche towns I have seen. Culturally speaking. Fermo has the most beautiful and linear piazza in all of Marche. The town is dotted with lovely boutiques and cafes, a gigantic town hall and a rich historic library.

Medieval Fermo and Piazza del Popolo
Medieval Fermo and Regional flags

Practically devoid of tourists, Fermo was hit by an earthquake in August 2016 that left most of its treasures in ruins. The thought of it is heartbreaking and it was even sadder to see the state of things myself.

A line of shops and coffee shops
Medieval Fermo and its men
Medieval Fermo and cappuccino with Ginseng
Medieval Fermo from a part of Biblioteca Civica

However, Fermo has a very rich line of cultural sites.
The Biblioteca Civica Romolo Spezioli (closed due to the earthquake) is a popular public library with a Globe Room and manuscripts, documents and designs from the 17th century. The Biblioteca is known to be a treasure of the town that many people mentioned. There is also a modern library adjacent to it with computerized catalogues.

Biblioteca Civica Romolo Spezioli (Image Credits:

Another important cultural site is the Palazzo dei Priori from the 13th century. The Palazzo was also closed due to restoration as was the Civic Art gallery.

Medieval Fermo: Palazzo dei Priori

The other cultural site in the town that is well worth a visit is the historic Teatro dell’Aquila. The theatre was constructed in the 18th century and is known to be most important of all in Le Marche. A local helped us to get inside even though there was an International Violin Competition going on. Thanks to her I could see the beauty of Fermo!!

Medieval Fermo: Inside Teatro dell’Aquila
Medieval Fermo: Ongoing Violin competition
Medieval Fermo: Chandelier from 1830
Medieval Fermo: I want to listen to the Opera

Hope you enjoyed a walk in the town with me. Thanks to the Mayor of Fermo for making my short stay in the town so rich and inspiring. Not only was he kind enough to gift me a picture of the Biblioteca Comunale but also helped me get around easily.
How to Reach Fermo:
Fermo can be reached from the Ancona airport by a car. It is easily accessible from the Porto San Giorgio railway station and there are buses every 30 minutes to the centre of Fermo.


38 thoughts on “Medieval Fermo and it's Historic Sites

  1. It’s amazing how many interesting Medieval towns there are in the area of Le Marche! ❤ So sad lots of them suffered the consequences of the earthquake…poor people 🙁

  2. What a beautiful town, too bad about the earthquake though, so sad. It’s amazing what still can be seen though. I definitely need to visit this region!

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